Category Archives: Morals
The First Vatican Council pronounced that the pope, in or out of council, would be protected by God with the gift of infallibility whenever he should define a doctrine pertaining to faith or morals. Matters of Faith can only involve religious propositions and the matter of those propositions are true or false judgments. A moral definition would involve a proposition that is right or wrong, rather than true or false. The difference between the two involves the end being sought. A doctrinal pronouncement defines a religious truth, which is the object of the intellect. A moral pronouncement defines a good, which is the object of the will. One could say that Faith engages intellectual belief, morals engage voluntary action.
A moral act is a human act performed with knowledge and free will. Every consciously deliberate action is a moral act, and each one is either morally good or morally evil. If it leads us to our final end, eternal salvation, it is a morally good act. If it takes us away from salvation, it is a morally evil act, a sin. Morals, therefore, pertain to human conduct.
Articles in this section treat of a wide variety of issues that, immediately, proximately, or remotely, deal with the morality of human acts, whether individually or as a society.
Yes, and, apparently, these two New York state churches, named in the article linked below, will continue on with impunity. When you think it cannot get worse, think again. Anything goes except propagating the defined dogma ”No salvation outside the Church,” the dogma that will put an end to the “disorientation” Sister Lucia spoke about. That includes abiding by and promoting all the defined teachings of the Church … More →
Phil Lawler: Catholic Culture: During a sacramental confession, a priest says something to which the penitent objects. The penitent lodges a complaint. The priest, bound by the seal of confession, cannot defend himself; he cannot say anything at all. If the angry penitent can find someone willing to listen to his complain, it becomes a one-sided argument. We don’t even know whether the priest actually said … More →
Obianuju Ekeocha for Catholic Online: Back in December, I wrote to inform my readers concerning the courageous MP’s of Uganda overwhelmingly voted for a bill to stop or at least keep at bay in their country the worldwide push of the LGBT propaganda. As a follow-up update on that, the Ugandan President Museveni has not yet signed that bill into law, no surprise there given the incredible amounts of pressure … More →
CNA: Reggie Littlejohn, known for her work opposing forced abortion and gendercide in China, has been named as one of “Inside the Vatican’s” “Top 10 People of 2013” for her heroic efforts in helping women. “This honor came as a complete shock to me. I did not even know that I was being considered for this,” Littlejohn told CNA in a Feb. 5 interview, adding that … More →
Father Leonard Feeney once remarked that certain Puritan sectaries refuse to pray the Hail Mary because the Catholic prayer has a bad word in it: womb. On the other hand, many of the Church’s most vociferous critics consider her to be obsessively strict — even fanatically so — on sexual matters. Puritanical (or Jansenistic) extremists on the one side, and libertines on the other, have … More →
A headline from two weeks ago in our home state reads New Hampshire House passes recreational marijuana bill. This is part of a widespread push to legalize the drug for more than medical use. Aside from the question of whether and how to criminalize the drug (a question of political prudence), a more fundamental question for Catholics is whether smoking the stuff “recreationally” — i.e., … More →
Brian McCall, The Remnant: One story that must not be swept under the rug is the brutal treatment of young Jahi McMath and her family. The story sounds unbelievable when revealed in all its gory detail. But we must not be like the well intentioned in Nazi-ruled Germany and simply dismiss the reports as unbelievable. Following conversations with members of the McMath’s life saving team and … More →
Vatican Insider: At today’s General Audience Pope Francis challenged authorities to make employment, “a source of dignity, everyone’s central concern.” He also condemned all forms of usury, calling it a “dramatic social evil.” As Francis greeted people in Italian at the end of the audience, he waved to a group of workers expressing the hope “that every effort be made possible by the competent bodies, … More →
One of the more despicable sycophants who persecuted the Church of God in post-Apostolic times was the Roman Governor, Pliny the Younger. His Letter to Emperor Trajan is a classic example of a flattering boot-licker with a gift for oratory and prose. His cruelty was dark and satanic. A friend he was of the demonic gods to whom he feigned worship. Crisis Magazine has a … More →
Associated Press: When her mind is clear, Gong Qifeng can recall how she begged for mercy. Several people pinned her head, arms, knees and ankles to a hospital bed before driving a syringe of labor-inducing drugs into her stomach. She was seven months pregnant with what would have been her second boy. The drugs caused her to have a stillborn baby after 35 hours of excruciating … More →
UCANews: Taiwan is the latest in a series of nations and states targeted by gay activists for radical social change despite massive public opposition. About 200,000 people, consisting mainly families, marched in front of Taiwan’s Presidential Office on November 30, protesting a proposed Amendment to Civil Code Article 972 (marriage law) that would allow same-sex couples to ‘marry’ and adopt. The event was organized by The … More →
Now retired San Francisco 49er, Steve Young, a Mormon, puts his two cents worth in on ‘gayness’ and other disorientations. And his wife, who has a homosexual brother, says she is happy to be a convert to Mormonism. And why? Because the Mormon ‘church’ evolves. I guess so. It does evolve. It evolves from bizarre, to less bizarre, to more bizarre, wherever the wind may … More →
Monsignor Pope: We’ve talked a good deal about the decline of marriage on this blog over the years. And our discussion must continue as the Synod on the family is planned in Rome. In my short 25 years as a priest I have experienced a major drop off in marriages. In my early years, I had about thirty weddings a year; now, about five or six. … More →
California Catholic Daily: The U.S. Catholic bishops have launched a pastoral strategy addressing critical life, marriage and religious liberty concerns. The five-part strategy or call to prayer was approved by the bishops in November and is set to begin after Christmas. The overall focus is to invite Catholics to pray for rebuilding a culture favorable to life and marriage and for increased protections of religious liberty. … More →
LifeSiteNews: A Denver cake baker who was ordered by a judge last week to service same-sex “weddings” or face punishing fines has told Fox News that he would rather shut down his business and serve jail time than violate his beliefs and play a role in facilitating gay nuptials. In an interview with Fox’s Elisabeth Hasselbeck, cake maker Jack Phillips said, “You know, [I’ll serve jail time if] that’s what … More →